Tread carefully this Halloween

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Dressing-up and gorging on candy are just two of the many reasons why Americans enjoy Halloween.

But before roaming your neighborhood in your most frightful costume, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) urge you to stay alert to potential injury-causing dangers that loom while trick-or-treating.

Research from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System shows that during 2007-2015:

"Sometimes safety is the last thing on the agenda when having fun," said Joshua Matthew Abzug, MD, a pediatric orthopaedic hand surgeon at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital and an AAOS spokesperson. "Before hitting the streets, parents should educate themselves and their children on the dos and don'ts to ensure safety while trick-or-treating. For example, they should watch out for vehicles, distracted walkers, poorly lit houses and other dangers."

The AAOS and POSNA offer the following trick-or-treating safety tips:

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